The Mercury carries an interesting article where by the writer proposes that Legislation be relaxed to encourage company's to employ school leavers or younger job applicants. He points out that as per every year matrics will have difficulty finding work and now, due to the large amount of retrenchments it will be even tougher. A company would tend to opt for the retrenched person due to experience and they will in all probability be prepared to work at a lower rate than market value.
Obviously such a situation would need some guidelines to prevent exploitation, but there is some merit to the argument. It would allow school leavers to get into the job market, whereafter their own work ethic will determine their path, but at least they are on the playing field. Company's would be encouraged to give them a chance, due to a lower wage and the flexibility, if they prove to be a lazy bum, to get rid of. It should also be an excellent teaching platform and attitude adjustment to job entrants. Small basics such as coming to work, coming to work on time etc, the foundation of this discipline could be laid early in life. First time late, hmmm - second time - hit the road and grab your jacket on the way out. Tough LOve.Perhaps the money saved(some regulation here?) would be spent on training. Perhaps a system or module similiar to the old school in-service training is worth looking at.
In turn the pressure from the bottom of a younger keener person could drive the next layer to work harder and be more productive a winner all round. Not to mention that keeping the school leavers away from un employment must be an essential first step to reducing crime.